Metso plans to centralize its warehouse operations in Europe

As part of its global distribution and logistics footprint development, Metso is initiating consultations to evaluate the potential centralization of its warehousing operations in Europe.

metso logo new one“Our target is to enable world-class logistics with easy scalability of operations. Flexible, state-of-the-art warehouse operations would allow orders to be collected and dispatched to customers directly from central warehouses. It would also enable considerable savings in end-to-end freight costs and reduced CO2 emissions,” says Jarkko Aro, SVP for Customer Logistics at Metso.

During the consultations, Metso will evaluate the different options related to the continuation of its current warehouse operations in nine locations in Norway, Sweden, the UK, France, Spain, Czech Republic, Turkey, and Russia. The consultations affect approximately 40 employees and are related only to the warehouse operations.

Metso is a world-leading industrial company offering equipment and services for the sustainable processing and flow of natural resources in the mining, aggregates, recycling and process industries. With our unique knowledge and innovative solutions, we help our customers improve their operational efficiency, reduce risks and increase profitability. Metso is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki in Finland and had sales of about EUR 3.2 billion in 2018. Metso employs over 14,000 people in more than 50 countries.

For further information, please contact:

Jarkko Aro, SVP, Customer Logistics, Minerals Services Business Area, Metso, Tel. +358 40 522 2380


Hands-on pump training

Sulzer Academy shares expertise in operating and maintaining pumps

Learning about the operation and maintenance of any important asset is the first step in optimizing its performance and reliability. This task is made easier when the participants have the opportunity to get a hands-on training for pumps and inspect the components in person. Sulzer’s training courses give customers the opportunity to gather essential information and knowledge from industry experts.

Pump training courses can include many aspects, from operation and maintenance to design and rerates; every aspect can be tailored to individual requirements. As a major pump original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and independent maintenance provider, Sulzer combines expertise and experience in its flexible and dynamic training courses.

The Sulzer Academy offers participants hands-on training for pumpsThe Sulzer Academy offers participants hands-on training for pumps

The training seminars focus on the issues and concerns that are prominent in many industrial sectors. They can help companies to meet the demands for increased efficiency and availability as well as addressing any safety matters.

In-depth knowledge

Typically planned over four days, the Sulzer Academy delivers training seminars that can include participants from different employers but with similar backgrounds and operational environments. Discussing many topics from basic principles to root cause analysis and operational challenges, courses are designed to share knowledge and expertise to the benefit of all involved.

Comprising up to twelve attendees, courses also involve hands-on sessions where participants can complete inspections, strip-downs and measurements of essential components. Learning about mechanical seals, their assembly and installation is also covered to ensure these important parts are correctly maintained.

Companies send operators and maintenance engineers to Sulzer locations for training by experts in pump design and operation. Through better understanding of pumps and their role in the wider process operations, it is possible to improve the availability, efficiency and costs associated with pump performance.

The next course will be taking place at Sulzer’s Mannheim facility, January 20 – 23, 2020. For more information on this course, or to arrange a company-specific package, contact Christine Doerffel (

About Sulzer:

Sulzer is a global leader in fluid engineering. We specialize in pumping, agitation, mixing, separation and application technologies for fluids of all types. Our customers benefit from our commitment to innovation, performance and quality and from our responsive network of 50 world-class manufacturing facilities and 100 service centers across the globe. Sulzer has been headquartered in Winterthur, Switzerland, since 1834. In 2018, our 15’500 employees delivered revenues of CHF 3.4 billion. Our shares are traded on the SIX Swiss Exchange (SIX: SUN).


Dimerco and Elanders enter joint venture for air and sea freight forwarding business

Effective January 1st 2020, Dimerco Express Group will announce a joint venture with 25% investment in the newly founded German subsidiary of Swedish public company Elanders Group, ITG Air & Sea GmbH.

ITG Air & Sea GmbH is a spin- off of ITG GmbH Internationale Spedition + Logistik (ITG), which was launched November 1st 2019, enabling ITG and its parent company Logistics Group International (LGI) to concentrate on its core competencies, offering a further enhanced integrated logistics service. Both ITG and LGI are part of the Elanders Group.

2020 01 02 094638Dimerco has enjoyed a successful business partnership with ITG for over 25 years. This latest strategic investment will strengthen mutual cooperation and will increase Dimerco’s ability to serve customers better, as well as expanding business by leveraging German based LGI and ITG, and Swedish based Elanders’s logistics capabilities to advance its global presence. Moreover, Elanders Group will be able to improve service capability across Dimerco’s network in Great China, Asia Pacific, India and North America, spanning over 160 locations. In addition, Dimerco Value Plus System® will enhance its service capability to grow the business further for a win-win effect.

Dimerco’s newly restructured Business Intelligence Technology (BIT) Division, focusing on the development and application of its own Dimerco Value Plus System® which operates on web.3.0 cloud network and offers the mobility to operate and service customers in any location and at any time, when there is internet connection. This rapid and comprehensive improvement of AI technology, application of Big Data and Semi-Automation technology in the Internet+ environment underpins Dimerco’s re-positioning of the company as a "Mobile Intelligence Logistics Service Provider".

Headquartered at Schwaig near Munich Airport, ITG is an entrepreneurial logistics service provider with 12 branches and 7 logistics centers in Germany, the Netherlands, USA and Russia, it provides a customized service to clients across the fashion, textiles, cosmetics, lifestyle & luxury brands sectors, also specializing in promotions and merchandising sectors.

Elanders is a Swedish public company and with its subsidiary LGI, offers integrated and customized solutions for handling all or part of the customer’s supply chain. Elanders can also take complete responsibility for complex and global deliveries that include purchasing, storage, configuration, production and distribution. The company has close to 7,000 employees in 20 countries on four continents and annual sales of EUR 1.1 billion. Significant markets are China, Germany, Singapore, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the USA.

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ÅF Pöyry to project plan arena in Uppsala

Earlier this year it was decided that a new ice arena will be built in Gränby, Uppsala, in the east of Sweden. On behalf of Sport- och rekreationsfastigheter AB, a company owned by the Uppsala Municipality, ÅF Pöyry will project plan the new arena, which is expected to open in 2023.

Krister Persson, Regional Manager Buildings North, ÅF PöyryKrister Persson, Regional Manager Buildings North, ÅF PöyryThe new arena will be erected on Gränby sports field in Uppsala, and will primarily be used for ice hockey and ice skating.

ÅF Pöyry will contribute with project planning within the areas of HVAC, building construction, electricity/telecommunications, fire sprinkler systems as well as environment and sustainability.

“There’s been talks of a new arena for a long time in Uppsala, so it feels great that we are now able to be a part of, and contribute to, creating a really good and modern ice arena in Uppsala. The arena will contribute to the city’s attractiveness and quality of life,” says Krister Persson, Regional Manager Buildings North, ÅF Pöyry.

The arena in Gränby will be able to fit 5,000 spectators. It will function as an arena for elite ice hockey events. The new venue is designed by Metod Arkitekter together with Hille Melbye Arkitekter.

ÅF Pöyry will be a part of the project from 2019 to 2021, when construction is expected to commence. It is anticipated that the arena will be ready in 2023. The order value is just above SEK 32 million.

ÅF Pöyry is a leading international engineering, design and consultancy company. We create solutions for our clients from a sustainability perspective and based on global trends such as urbanisation and digitalisation. We bring together over 16,000 dedicated experts in the fields of infrastructure, industry and energy, all of whom work globally to create sustainable solutions for future generations.


Construction starts on Sulzer’s new Birmingham Service Center

After more than 100 years at the famous Camp Hill site, Sulzer has started the process to move its facilities and create a new center of excellence for its customers. Sulzer’s brand new service center will be located at the prestigious Birmingham Business Park, where the company will base its UK head office as well as state-of-the-art repair and maintenance facilities.

Sulzer’s brand new, purpose-built service center will offer customers increased repair capacity as well as reduced project repair timesSulzer’s brand new, purpose-built service center will offer customers increased repair capacity as well as reduced project repair times

Sulzer are working with Canmoor Developments Limited to deliver this important project, which will provide Sulzer’s customers with best-in-class service for electromechanical repairs as well as new high voltage testing facilities.

The 7’618 sq. m (82’000 sq. feet) purpose-built service center has been designed using 3D mapping technology that positions both the existing and new equipment in the most efficient layout. By optimizing the floor plan, material flow will be improved and project repair times for customers will be minimized.

The building phase is scheduled to be complete in early May 2020, after which there will be a carefully planned relocation of all the equipment, such as the copper rolling mill and coil manufacturing machinery, winding machines and the high voltage test bed. In addition to the existing equipment, Sulzer is also taking the opportunity to invest in a new high-speed balancing chamber, which will be located below-ground, and will be one of the most advanced facilities in Europe.

From left to right: Phil Tranter (Partner / Project Manager, Cushman & Wakefield), Mel Hallas (Birmingham Service Center Manager, Sulzer), Warren Bell (Project Manager, Sulzer), Vicky Harding (Ledgers Manager, Sulzer), Chris Powles (Head of Electro Mechanical Services – EMEA, Sulzer), Prince Madzinga (Graduate Engineer, Sulzer), Chris Gould (Financial Controller, Sulzer), Mick Bentley (Project Manager, A&H Construction) and Mike Hatton (Senior Contracts Manager, A&H Construction). From left to right: Phil Tranter (Partner / Project Manager, Cushman & Wakefield), Mel Hallas (Birmingham Service Center Manager, Sulzer), Warren Bell (Project Manager, Sulzer), Vicky Harding (Ledgers Manager, Sulzer), Chris Powles (Head of Electro Mechanical Services – EMEA, Sulzer), Prince Madzinga (Graduate Engineer, Sulzer), Chris Gould (Financial Controller, Sulzer), Mick Bentley (Project Manager, A&H Construction) and Mike Hatton (Senior Contracts Manager, A&H Construction).

For the employees, the move will bring a brand new working environment along with better facilities and parking. Chris Adams, Coil Shop Operations Manager, comments: “The new service center will offer a host of improvements both for us and our customers. It is an exciting time for us and we are looking forward to moving in.”

Existing customers, who have visited the Camp Hill site, will appreciate the scale of the move; the amount of specialist rewinding equipment and machine tools alone will pose a considerable challenge. In addition, Sulzer is investing in modern IT infrastructure as well as new ovens and paint booths to provide high-quality finishes to repaired components.

Sulzer has developed a detailed plan for the relocation of each department that ensures customers will experience no downturn in service. Operations will be able to work between the old and new sites with the phased move taking place over two months. This will provide a seamless move and ensure that every customer has a smooth transition with Sulzer to the new site.

Vicky Harding (Ledgers Manager, Sulzer), Prince Madzinga (Graduate Engineer, Sulzer), Mel Hallas (Birmingham Service Center Manager, Sulzer) and Warren Bell (Project Manager, Sulzer) open the construction site for Sulzer’s new service center in Birmingham.Vicky Harding (Ledgers Manager, Sulzer), Prince Madzinga (Graduate Engineer, Sulzer), Mel Hallas (Birmingham Service Center Manager, Sulzer) and Warren Bell (Project Manager, Sulzer) open the construction site for Sulzer’s new service center in Birmingham.

Chris Powles, Head of Electro Mechanical Services – EMEA, comments: “The aim is to create a new center of excellence that will operate on lean manufacturing principles and deliver an enhanced customer experience. This enables us to keep moving forward with technological advancements and invest in the future, for the benefit of our customers.”

About Sulzer

Sulzer is the leading worldwide, independent service provider for large rotating equipment. With technically advanced and innovative service and maintenance support solutions, Sulzer provides a turnkey service that provides its customers with the peace of mind to focus on their core operations.

Included in this package is a highly efficient and dependable high-voltage coil manufacturing and supply service, delivered from a purpose built facility within the Birmingham Service Centre, UK. It is recognized for producing very high quality coils for high voltage motors and generators; designed, manufactured and shipped by a highly skilled and dedicated team to ensure fast and reliable service.

With an in-house copper rolling mill, Sulzer customers can benefit from round-the-clock manufacturing to ensure that every coil is delivered on schedule. In conjunction with constant quality control and full HV on-site testing facilities, Sulzer can deliver quality, precision and speed, any time, day or night.